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Monday, July 17, 2006

Young Pitchers on the Move - Update

In my last post, I mentioned some of the young pitchers that I thought had strong potential. A few of them have really pulled away from the pack and are doing tremendously well. Jered Weaver (6-0, 1.12 ERA) & Ervin Santana (11-3, 3.88 ERA) have been bright spots for the struggling Angels. The team is only 1 game above .500, but luckily only 1.5 GB in the seemingly weak AL West. The LAA are ranked 11th (out of 14) in the AL for runs scored, so their pitchers don't get the best run support, making these pitchers' performances even more amazing.

Of course 3 other pitchers are having break out seasons: Justin Verlander (11-4, 2.83 ERA), Francisco Liriano (10-2, 2.12 ERA) & Scott Kazmir (10-6, 3.27 ERA). Boy do I wish I picked up their rare auto rc's back when they were affordable!! I'm predicting the next pitchers to break out will be Ian Snell of the Pirates (8-6, 4.85 ERA) and Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins (6-6, 5.00 ERA). Both the Pirates & Marlins have young pitching staffs that could develop into MLB leading rotations in the future, with these two pitchers at the forefront.

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